Call Me Crazy: Break the Alabaster Daily
Real quick, before I begin, I have to thank Jesus. I just have to give credit to my leading man upstairs. I have no idea where I would be and who I would at this very moment (writing to you) if Jesus didn't snatch me up and say, “I've got you, and I want you to get all in for me.” So Jesus, thank you (like as if that's enough praise, but He knows my heart).
Okay, I have to talk to you about this lady. I'm telling you, friend, she has been keeping me up all night. She did something that shocked me. I have been thinking about her for so long. I cannot get her out of my mind. She has become a constant thought of mine. This lady, let me tell you where to find her: Matthew 26:6-13.
'While Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman approached him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume. She poured it on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw it, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. “This might have been sold for a great deal and given to the poor.” Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a noble thing for me. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me. By pouring this perfume on my body, she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.” '
- Matthew 26:6-13 (CSB)
Yup, I'm talking about the unnamed woman that caused an uproar during dinner at Simon's house. Now I don't know about you, but if Jesus had invited me to dinner, I would be way too nervous nevertheless crash the party. But she done did it!
I have been thinking about this woman for so long, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that she is meant to teach us what it really means to give it all to Christ. She knew something we have always known that Jesus was our sacrificial lamb for our sins.
I honestly believe that this woman has been keeping me up because girlfriend knew, she knew, that no matter how she praised Jesus, the world would judge her but it didn't matter; she was going to do it anyhow. Heck, they were probably judging her when she walked in thinking, “yup, I'm about to crash this party because that Jesus over there deserves my most expensive worship. ” She decided to choose Christ regardless of the eyes of the world being on her.
This woman chooses to present probably one of the most expensive things she ever owns to Jesus, someone she barely knew. She gave what she had in her alabaster jar (Y'all that is a costly type of jar made out of gypsum which is at times used as fertilizer) to Christ. Wow! Think about it.
What are you withholding from Christ? What are you keeping away from him and why? Why are you allowing the perspective of others to have control over how you worship your Savior? So many times, we want Christianity to be our religious status. We forget that to follow Christ is to allow him to penetrate and reconstruct every aspect of who we are.
This woman realized something that I pray to God I never forget. She realized that the alabaster jar she had (beautiful and all) was meaningless because Christ is more priceless, more precious, and beyond worthy of anything she ever owned.
Yeah, she ended up getting judged by the disciples, and that happens. When you choose Jesus over everyone and everything, you will get judged. If you thought that this whole Christian thing was going to be easy, then you are in for a rude awakening because it's not! You will get judged because to follow Christ doesn't make sense.
Judas couldn't understand that to choose Christ meant that you would sacrifice what used to be vital to you for Jesus because he is the goal. Those who don't see will always judge because they don't know and it's expected of them too. This unnamed woman didn't say sorry and back away because she was judged by others (others who were walking with Christ). Instead, she did what she knew she could only do for Christ before his crucifixion. Jesus said that despite what the disciples thought of her, what she has done will always be shared. She became a legend because she went all in for Christ.
Following Christ will never be easy. Get that now and wake up. People will judge you. You will look crazy. You will lose friends, and loved ones will abandon you. It happened to Christ. But your validation was confirmed on the cross. Go all in for him! Don't mind the eyes of the world because he created the universe. The creator approved you so that you may worship him.
Hence, whether it's choosing to serve when everyone is going out on Friday nights or doing what has never been done in your family by giving up your resources for Christ, know that Jesus has approved your genuine worship. Each day is another opportunity to break our alabaster jars for Christ. I'm making a promise to myself (and I hope you do the same) to give up my alabaster jar daily for the glorification of Christ. It used to be “do it for the vine,” “ do it for the gram,” but I'm telling it will always be “do it for Christ!”
Until next time…